Faculty and Staff

The mission of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies is to enhance, expand, and enrich learning opportunities in education through student-centered operations. By maintaining strong partnerships with other UNE colleges, CGPS is best able to utilize UNE faculty expertise while maintaining a strong student focus. Our dedicated education faculty may have appointments in other UNE colleges, be affiliated with other respected institutions, or be expert practitioners in the field.

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Program Administration | Affiliated Faculty

Program Administration

  • Erin Connor

    Erin L. Connor, Ph.D.

    Program Manager, Faculty

    (207) 221-4962 | econnor@une.edu
    204 McDougall Hall

    Education

    Ph.D. University of Southern Maine
    M.S.Ed. Harvard Graduate School of Education
    B.A. Swarthmore College

    Expertise

    Decision-making through consensus; shared leadership models in schools; education policy and leadership.

    Research Interests

    Experiences of Maine high school graduates who require remediation as part of their post-secondary studies.

  • Monique Roy

    Monique Roy

    Assistant Program Manager - Graduate Programs in Education

    (207) 221-4793 | mroy20@une.edu
    204 McDougall Hall

Affiliated Faculty

  • Darren Akerman, Adjunct Professor

    Darren Akerman, M.S.Ed.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | dakerman@une.edu
    Off Campus

    Education

    C.A.G.S. University of New England
    M.S.Ed University of New England
    B.S. University of Maine at Farmington

    Expertise

    School administration, educational leadership, gifted & talented, learning styles, universal design for learning

  • Cindy Altomari, M.Ed.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 602-2846 | caltomari@une.edu
    Decary Hall 139

    Education

    M.Ed. Science Education
    B.S. Environmental Science

  • Audrey Bartholomew, Ph.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 602-2685 | abartholomew1@une.edu
    Decary Hall 147

    Education

    Ph.D. University of North Carolina Charlotte
    M.Ed. Lehigh University
    B.A. University of Maryland

    Expertise

    Secondary transition for students with disabilities; inclusive practices and schools; positive behavior support; effective online teaching practices.

    Research Interests

    Programs and practices in online special education teacher preparation, alignment between academic skills and self-determination skills for students with disabilities.

  • Ella Benson, Ed.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | ebenson2@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    Ed.D. University of Virginia
    M.S.Ed. Old Dominion University
    B.A. Nofolk State University

    Expertise

    Transformative leadership, higher education leadership, classroom management.

    Research Interests

    Rural education, special education issues, the achievement gap, standardized assessments , school climate and culture.

  • David J. Cannan, M.S.Ed.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | dcannan1@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    M.S.Ed. University of Southern Maine
    B.s. Dakota Wesleyan University

    Expertise

    Secondary School Education, Educational leadership, Professional Learning Communities, Seconday Science Education, Secondary School Administration, Teaching Methodology

  • Donald C. Cannan, Ed.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | dcannan@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    Ed.D. Nova University
    M.S.Ed. University of Maine
    B.S. Maine Maritime

    Expertise

    Career & Technical Education, Educational leadership, Guidance & Counseling

  • Michael Carter, M.A.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | mcarter4@une.edu
    Off-Campus

  • Carey S. Carroll Clark, Ph.D., RN, AHN- BC

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | cclark14@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    Ph.D. California Institute of Integral Studies
    M.S. California State University
    B.S. Excelsior College
    A.S. Rio Hondo College
    B.S. Whittier College

    Expertise

    Transformative leadership and change; nursing curriculum development; holistic healing modalities; healthcare systems and healthcare policy.

    Research Interests

    Outcomes from holistic-integral educational experiences with nursing students; creativity; holistic healing modalities; nursing shortage

  • Deb Choroszy, M.Ed.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | dchoroszy@une.edu
    Off-Campus

  • Lane Whitney Clarke, Ed.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 602-2682 | lclarke1@une.edu
    Decary Hall 149

    Education

    Ed.D. University of Cincinnati
    M.A. Rowan University
    B.A. Dickinson College

    Expertise

    Literacy; struggling readers; literacy and technology; course development; literature circles; gender and education.

    Research Interests

    Literacy.

  • Michelle Collay, Director, UNE Online Ed.D. Program

    Michelle Collay, Ph.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 602-2010 | mcollay@une.edu
    Decary Hall 140

    Education

    Ph.D. University of Oregon
    M.A. University of Oregon
    B.A. California State University, Chico

    Expertise

    Educational leadership with particular emphasis on the influence of race gender and class on leaders approaches to organizational change.

    Research Interests

    Leaders' enactment of transformative leadership for social justice in schools; development of communities of practice within and between organizations; professional identity development of leaders.

  • Joanne Cooper, Ph.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | jcooper5@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    Ph.D. University of Oregon

    Expertise

    Leadership in higher education; reflection in adult development.

  • DeeAnn Cornelison, Ed.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | dcornelison@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    Ed.D. Argosy University
    Ed.S. Argosy University

  • Albert Cunningham, Ed.D., J.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | acunningham4@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    Ed.D. Temple University
    J.D. Temple University School of Law
    M.Ed. Temple University
    B.A. Temple University

    Expertise

    Education Law, Educational Leadership & Policy

  • Kathleen Davis, Ph.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | kdavis11@une.edu
    Off Campus

    Education

    Ph.D. University of South Carolina
    M.A. Rowan University
    B.S. St. Francis University

    Expertise

    Higher education administration, women in higher education administration, organizational leadership.

    Research Interests

    Women in leadership roles, leadership issues in pre-service teachers, authentic leaders, True North leadership, Catholic higher education.

  • Karen Deterding, M.S.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | kdeterding@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    M.S. University of New England
    B.S. Eastern Nazarene College

  • William Doughty, Ph.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | wdoughty@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
    M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison
    B.S. University of Bridgeport

  • Laurel Ellis, Adjunct Professor

    Laurel Ellis, M.S.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | lellis3@une.edu
    Off-Campus

  • Grania Gothard Holman, Ed.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | gholman@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    Ed.D. University of Alabama
    Ed.S University of Alabama
    M.S.Ed. Auburn University
    B.A. Auburn University

    Expertise

    Educational leadership, Literacy, Pedagogy & Methods

  • Courtney Graffius, M.S.Ed.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | cgraffius@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    M.A. University of Maine, Orono
    M.S.Ed. University of Southern Maine
    B.S. University of Southern Maine

    Expertise

    Elementary Education Coaching Teachers for Continuous Growth Technology Integration for Transformational Change.

  • Michael Hatfield, M.S.Ed.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207 221-4960 | mhatfield@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    C.A.G.S. University of New England
    M.S.Ed. University of New England

    Expertise

    Pre K-5 language arts curriculum.

  • Carol Holmquist, Ed.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | cholmquist@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    Ed. D. Johnson and Wales University
    M.A. Lutheran Theological Seminary
    B.A. George Mason College of the University of Virginia

    Expertise

    Research and implementation strategies for organizational and personal change .

    Research Interests

    Organizational development and change; systems of analysis and change; impact of academic efficacy on higher education.

  • Kathryn Iwanusa, Adjunct Professor

    Kathryn Iwanusa, M.S.Ed.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | kiwanusa@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    M.S.Ed. University of New England

  • Steven Klein

    Steven Klein, Ph.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | sklein2@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    Ph.D. Loyola University
    M.S. Temple University
    B.A. Temple University

    Expertise

    School law and gifted education.

  • Thomas Kopetskie, Adjunct Professor

    Tom Kopetskie, M.Ed.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | tkopetskie@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    M.Ed. Lehigh University
    B.S. Bloomsburg University

    Expertise

    Supervision of instruction, curriculum & instruction, educational reform, educational leadership.

  • Linda Lacasse, M.S.Ed

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | llacasse1@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    C.A.S. University of Maine
    M.S.Ed. Walden University
    B.S. University of Maine

  • Dr. Andre Lawe

    Andre A. Lawe, Ed.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    alawe@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    Ed.D., St. Johns University
    Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership, St. Johns University
    M.S. Jones International University and St. Johns University
    B.A. Columbia University

    Research Interests

    Dr. Lawe's research interests are building capacity/efficacy in teachers and administrators, shared leadership, transformational leadership, and increasing academic proficiency and achievement in various subgroups. To this end, he is currently working on a few research articles that will add the existing body of research on teaching and learning and school leadership.

  • Ann Lovejoy, M.S.Ed.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | alovejoy1@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    M.S.Ed. Vanderbilt University

  • Carolyn Marie Marcotte, Ph.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 602-2242 | cmarcotte@une.edu
    Decary Hall 137

    Education

    Ph.D. Berne University International Graduate School
    C.A.S. University of Southern Maine
    M.S. University of Southern Maine
    B.S. University of Southern Maine

    Expertise

    Educational leadership, Curriculum Development, Literacy, PK-12 School Administration, Professional Development

  • Steven Moskowitz, Adjunct Faculty

    Steven Moskowitz, Ed.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | smoskowitz@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    Ed.D. Manhattanville College
    M.S. C. W. Post College
    B.S. Crane School of Music, SUNY - Potsdam

    Expertise

    Educational technology, online education, school administration, staff development, school leadership, instructional design, total cost of ownership.

    Research Interests

    Online learning, technology integration, teacher effectiveness, professional development, technology impact in schools, online methods of delivering education.

  • Dave Murphy, Adjunct Faculty

    Dave Murphy, Ed.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | dmurphy@une.edu
    Off Campus

    Expertise

    School Administration; Educational Leadership; Differentiation.

  • Marylin Newell, Ph.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | mnewell@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    Ph.D. Capella University
    M.S.Ed. University of Southern Maine

  • Brianna Bates Parsons, Ed.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | bparsons4@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    Ed.D. Northeastern University
    M.P.W. Chatham University
    B.A. University of Maine, Orono

    Expertise

    Motivational theory; academic & social integration with emphasis on first-generation; low-income students. Non-traditional students and the role of gender with regard to academic persistence.

    Research Interests

    The influence of gender and socioeconomic standing in relation to academic and personal leadership. Group dynamics and the effect on motivation.

  • Caroline Peinado

    Caroline Peinado, M.S.Ed.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | cpeinado@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    CAGS - Leadership, Ethics and Change (15 credit), University of New England
    M.S.Ed. University of New England

    Expertise

    Special Education, Differentiated Instruction, Student Engagement, Instructional Coaching, Response to Intervention

  • Sanford J. Prince IV, Adjunct Professor

    Sanford J. Prince IV

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | sprince@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Expertise

    Educational leadership, exceptionality, curriculum and assessment, ATLAS (Authentic Teaching, Learning and Assessment for All Students).

  • Chris Rohde, J.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | crhode@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Expertise

    Special education programs, Section 504 plans, ESL, and Gifted and Talented programs.

  • Justin Roy, M.S.Ed.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | jroy6@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    C.A.G.S. University of New England
    M.S.Ed. University of New England

  • Kelly Samson-Rickert, Ed.D

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | ksamsonrickert@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Expertise

    Workforce strategies, organizational leadership, five generations in the workplace.

    Research Interests

    Organizational development and cultures within organizations, leadership best practices, generational leadership, aging workforce needs.

  • Grinell Smith, Ph. D., Adjunct Professor

    Grinell Smith, Ph. D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | gsmith10@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    Ph. D., Instructional Leadership, University of Alabama
    M. S., Physical Organic Chemistry, Georgetown University
    B.S., Chemistry, Auburn University

  • William J. Smith, Ph.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 602-2631 | wsmith1@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Expertise

    Federal grant writing, leadership in professional education organizations, professional development for all levels of educators.

  • Cathy Stieg

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | cjordan5@une.edu
    Off-Campus

  • Lee Anna Stirling, Ed.D.

    Lee Anna Stirling, Ed.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | lstirling@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Expertise

    Collaborative peer coaching; diversity and multiculturalism; project based learning; individual action plans for teachers.

  • Angela Taylor, M.A.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | ataylor8@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Expertise

    Alternative program for at risk students.

    Research Interests

    Collaboration, standards-based curriculum and assessment, the impact literacy on student learning, student portfolios.

  • David Keller Trevaskis, M.A.T., J.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | dtrevaskis@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    J.D. Temple University School of Law
    M.A.T. Duke University

    Expertise

    School law, Bullying Prevention, School Crises

  • Kimberly Vazquez, M.A.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | kvazquez@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    C.A.G.S. University of New EnglandM.S.Ed. Southern Connecticut State University
    B.A. Albertus Magnus College

  • Margaret Wallace

    Margaret Wallace, M.S.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | mwallace1@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    M.S. University of Southern Maine
    B.A. University of Maine, Orono

    Expertise

    K-12 Literacy, K-2 Math Intervention, Literacy Education, Montessori

  • Thea Williams-Black, Adjunct Professor

    Thea H. Williams-Black, Ph.D.

    Affiliated Faculty

    (207) 221-4960 | twilliamsblack@une.edu
    Off-Campus

    Education

    Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
    MSEd, William Carey University
    B.A. Tougaloo College

    Expertise

    Dr. Williams-Black received a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis area in Literacy Education and cognates in Educational Administration and Gifted Education from The University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Education in Elementary Education with a certification in Gifted Education from William Carey University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with concentrations in reading, math, and special education from Tougaloo College.

    Research Interests

    Dr. Williams-Black is the founder of GEMS (Growing Educational Minds for Success), where she conducts professional development workshops for in-service and pre-service teachers on various educational topics. She has published articles in Professional Educator, Journal of Urban Education, College Reading Association Yearbook, and Creative Education.

    Her main research interest is differentiating instruction in order to meet the needs of all learners.